By Tara Rippin • 24 October 2020 • 16:45
Huge cash boost for leisure centres “won’t cover the tip of the iceberg”.
Leisure centres are to receive £100 million to keep Britons fighting fit.
But while Swim England has welcomed the investment in public leisure centres “as a good start”, it fears it will only cover the “tip of the iceberg”.
The cash is part of £1 billion worth of funding for councils in need announced by the Prime Minister earlier this month.
But Swim England chief executive, Jane Nickerson, is concerned that 200 public swimming pools remain closed following the national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, despite being able to reopen since July 25.
And many of those that have reopened are finding it difficult to make ends meet due to reduced visitor numbers because of necessary social distnacing measures.
The national body for swimming in England intends to keep fighting for additional funding to help protect the future of ‘treasured’ facilities.
“The coronavirus outbreak means the situation is even more dire than we had predicted and our main concern is £100 million won’t even cover the tip of the iceberg.
“So many people rely on public pools. They are an integral part of communities the length and breadth of the country.
“For that reason, this is not the end of our fight to ensure their long-term survival,” said Nickerson.
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